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Reaching a Verdict. THE SUMMATION. Each side summarizes its key arguments and evidence No new evidence can be introduced If the defence presented evidence, it goes first Law & Order Closing Arguments George Zimmerman closing arguments. THE CHARGE TO THE JURY.

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the summation
THE SUMMATION
  • Each side summarizes its key arguments and evidence
  • No new evidence can be introduced
  • If the defence presented evidence, it goes first

Law & Order Closing Arguments

George Zimmerman closing arguments

the charge to the jury
THE CHARGE TO THE JURY
  • The judge reviews the facts and defines the legal issues in the case for the jury
  • She can indicate which evidence is more important than others
  • The charge to the jury is often the basis for appeals if one side sees legal errors which may prejudice the jury

George Zimmerman Case

jury deliberation
JURY DELIBERATION
  • Verdicts must be unanimous
  • Note-taking is not always allowed so jurors must often rely on their memories
  • The jurors determine the facts in the case; the judge at this stage only rules on law
  • Facts are considered in two steps:
    • Is the evidence believable?
    • How important is the believable evidence?
  • What the jury believes determines which law applies. Ex. A hunting incident
  • Reasonable doubt means that the jury gives the accused the benefit of the doubt
  • It also means if they believe the defence’s evidence or can’t decide whom to believe, they must acquit
  • If the judge accepts their inability to reach a decision, they are dismissed ( a hung jury)
  • A jury may never disclose what went on in the jury room

Doctor MacNeill Murders wife

outcome
OUTCOME
  • A defendant acquitted is free to go
  • The jury usually has no say in the penalty
  • Sentencing may occur then or at a later date

Sentencing Hearing – Trevor Zinck

Doctor MacNeillCase Reaches a verdict

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